Accuplacer/CLEP Tests

The Academic Resource Center offers Accuplacer and CLEP tests throughout the year. If you would like to take a test, please review the information below and call our office to schedule a date at 970.943.7056.

Examinations Offered through the Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center is able to administer some exams to students for course placement, course credit, as well as correspondence exams for courses not offered by Western. All examinees are required to pay a $25.00 proctoring fee.

Click here to pay your test fee online (only after you have scheduled your exam with the ARC).

Exams may be scheduled Monday- Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If an examinee schedules an exam during a timeframe that does not allow for the full amount of allotted time, the examinee will forfeit the portion of the time that occurs after 5 p.m. The Academic Resource Center operates on the university calendar.

For additional information regarding specific exams offered through the Academic Resource Center, please read below.

CLEP- College Level Examination Program

Course credit by CLEP examination may allow examinees to receive college credit for successful completion of CLEP exams in variety of subject areas including math, science, history, composition, and literature. Western may allow students to receive up to 18 credit hours by CLEP examination. For specific information regarding course credit by CLEP examination, please see exam score equivalencies by AP, CLEP, and IB from the Office of the Registrar.

**Please keep in mind that equivalency scores are subject to change due to periodic re-evaluation of course requirements.**

To register for a CLEP exam, please visit clep.collegeboard.org. Examinees are required to pay an $87 exam fee to CLEP by debit or credit card. Please print and keep your admission ticket; you must present it on test day to be admitted to the test center.

To schedule a CLEP exam, please contact Cheyenne Terry in the Academic Resource Center by phone at 970.943.7056 or by email at cterry@western.edu or in person by visiting Taylor Hall 302. Examinees are required to pay a $25 proctoring fee for each exam administered to Western at the Cashier’s Window; the receipt must be presented on exam day to be admitted to the testing center.

To learn about what courses you might be able to test out of, click on Western CLEP information below. You may earn a maximum of 18 credits for CLEP exams. For specifics about our CLEP policies, visit the Office of the Registrar CLEP website 

CLEP Exams are for Western students only. The total fee for each CLEP exam administered by Western is $112 ($87 payable to CLEP; $25 payable to Western).

Acceptable Forms of ID

All examinees are required to present a government-issued photo ID in order to be admitted to the testing center. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Current Driver’s License
  • Current Passport
  • Current military ID
  • Current National ID
  • Current Tribal ID card
  • Current Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)

Expired IDs, birth certificates, social security cards, student ID cards or photo copies of ID will NOT be accepted as valid forms of ID. The name that appears on your ID and your admission ticket must match. If these names do not match, you will NOT be admitted to the testing center. It is advised to use your legal name when registering for your CLEP exam to avoid discrepancies.

Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability that may prevent you from completing a CLEP exam under standard conditions, you may request accommodations from the testing center in advance of the exam to ensure that arrangements can be made. You may be required to submit documentation related to your specific disability as each request for accommodations are approved by the testing center on a case by case basis. If the testing center is unable to accommodate your needs, please contact CLEP about additional non-standard options via email at clep@info.collegeboard.org or by calling 1.800.257.9558 before you register for your exam.

Additional Information

For more detailed information regarding specific CLEP exams, please visit CLEP Online.

For study guides and other test preparation resources please visit CLEP Resources.

For additional CLEP resources provided by Study.com, please visit Learn all about CLEP.

    Accuplacer Examination

    ACCUPLACER is used as a placement exam for math and English courses at Western for students who do not have current SAT or ACT scores on record. The ACCUPLACER exam does not grant credit for any scores earned.

    To schedule an ACCUPLACER exam, please contact the Academic Resource Center by phone at 970.943.7056 or by email at cterry@western.edu or in person by visiting Taylor Hall 302. Examinees are required to pay a $25 proctoring fee for each exam administered to Western at the Cashier’s Window; the receipt must be presented on exam day to be admitted to the testing center.

    New students who do not have current ACT or SAT scores and not have received credit from another institution are required to take the following ACCUPLACER exams for placement:

    • Elementary Algebra
    • College-Level Math
    • Sentence Skills
    • Reading

    Examinees may retake the ACCUPLACER once every 90-days if they do not meet the score required for placement into college-level math and English courses.

    Math Placement

    In order to be placed into College Algebra (MATH 140) or Statistical Thinking (MATH 113), the examinee must obtain a score of 106 or higher on the Elementary Algebra exam.

    To be considered for placement into Pre-Calculus (MATH 141) or Probability & Statistics (MATH 213) or another higher level math course, the examinee must obtain a score of 65 or higher on the College-Level Math exam.

    English Placement

    In order to be placed into First-Year Academic Writing (ENG 102), the examinee must obtain a score of 95 or higher on the Sentence Skills exam AND 80 or higher on the Reading exam. If one score is lower than the other, the lower score will be used for course placement.

    Acceptable Forms of ID

    Acceptable forms of ID used for admission to an ACCUPLACER exam include:

    • Current Driver’s license
    • Current High School ID
    • Current College ID
    • Current State or federal ID card
    • Current Passport
    • Current Tribal ID card
    • Current Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
    • Current College Board official ID form

    Expired IDs, birth certificates, social security cards or photo copies of ID will NOT be accepted as valid forms of ID.

    Western will accept Remote ACCUPLACER scores for placement.

    Correspondence Testing

    Examinees are charged a $25 proctoring fee to Western for each correspondence exam administered. For more information on correspondence exams and to schedule a correspondence exam, please contact the Academic Resource Center by phone at 970.943.7056, by email at arc@western.edu or in person by visiting the ARC located in Taylor Hall 302.

    Examinees who wish to complete a correspondence exam must present a valid photo ID such as a current driver’s license, passport, military ID or school ID to be admitted to the testing center.

    National Standardized Examinations

    For information regarding national standardized exams, please contact Testing Services located within the Office of Student Affairs located in Taylor Hall 301. You may contact them via email at lbecker@wester.edu or by phone at 970.943.2011. For more information regarding specific exams offered, please visit the Testing Services page.

    Testing Center Policy

    The following items are prohibited in the test center and private examination rooms:

    1. Cell phones, smartwatches, fitness bands/trackers and all devices with recording, Internet or communication capabilities that are:
      1. Not related to the approved accommodations; or
      2. Are approved prior to the exam by the instructor for the purposes of the exam; but are prohibited in the test lab and private examination rooms.
    2. A space is provided in the common hallway of the Academic Resource Center for the storage of personal items (including but not limited to: hats, purses, backpacks, food and/or drinks) during testing.
    3. All electronic devices must be completely powered off prior to storing them.
    4. Please use the restroom prior to beginning the exam.
    5. Please have your photo ID ready. You will take your ID with you to the test lab or examination room.
    6. If you are taking a standardized exam, please have your receipt ready.

    These are designed to protect the student and to ensure the integrity of the examination process. This policy will be strictly enforced.

    All examinees are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure they are able to begin their exam at the scheduled time. Examinees who arrive more than 30 minutes late to their scheduled exam may be asked to reschedule.

    Examinees should schedule their exam at least five (5) business days in advance.

    Payment

    Click here to pay your test fee online (only after you have scheduled your exam with the ARC).

    If you have additional concerns or questions regarding ARC Testing Services, please contact the ARC Testing Staff:
    Cheyenne Terry, M. S.
    ARC Testing Services Coordinator
    cterry@western.edu
    Phone: 970.943.7056